Budget crisis is focus of CSUB summit on April 3March 28, 2008
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A forum for the California State University, Bakersfield community on the state budget crisis - and how it could impact the university - will be held Thursday, April 3 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. in the CSUB Icardo Center. The meeting will highlight the negative impacts that the governor's proposed budget shortfall of $386.1 million for 2008-09 would have on CSUB and the California State University's 23-campus system.
Participants at the summit comprise a cross-section of the university community including representatives of:
- The Academic Senate
- California Faculty Association
- California State University Employees Union
- Academic Professionals of California
- Statewide University Police Association
- State Employee Trades Council
- Associated Students, Inc.
The budget summit is part of a systemwide effort to detail the potential impact to campuses, and to encourage the entire CSU community to take part in an alliance urging lawmakers and the governor to restore funding. Although the specific budget impact on CSUB is not yet known, systemwide the governor's proposed $386.1 million shortfall would mean:
- 10,000 eligible students will not have an opportunity to attend the CSU.
- Currently enrolled student may be delayed in graduating.
- Current efforts to increase college-going rates of underserved communities will be impacted just as real progress is being made.
- Yey industries in California that rely on CSU graduates for their work force will be impacted.
"The message we need to send to lawmakers and the governor is, CSU is a major part of the solution,'" said CSUB President Horace Mitchell, noting that the CSU generates $4.41 in economic return for every dollar invested. "Before any final budget decisions are made, we need to make sure state leaders understand that a $386.1 million reduction in CSU funding translates into a loss of $1.7 billion in future economic activity in California."
Producing nearly 90,000 graduates each year, the CSU educates the bulk of California's work force in key industries such as education, business, engineering, nursing, public safety, agriculture and more.
"The CSU is an investment to be augmented, not an expense to be cut," Mitchell emphasized. "Full funding of the CSU is part of the solution to the state's budget crisis. That's why we say: The fight for the CSU budget is a fight for California's future."
The CSUB budget summit will be broadcast via live stream video on the university's website at www.csub.edu.
For further information regarding the summit, please contact Dr. Jacqueline Hughes, chapter president of the California Faculty Association at (661) 654-6807 or Evelyn Coyle, executive assistant to the president, at (661) 654-2241. Information about the Alliance for the CSU can be found at: www.allianceforthecsu.org/.